Lindelof: Now it's on to our next goal
Victor Lindelof is backing Manchester United to start challenging for silverware, after the Reds secured Champions League qualification for the 2020/21 season.
The Reds’ 2-0 win over Leicester City ensures we’ve finished in the top four of the Premier League for only the third time in the last seven years, meaning entry into Europe’s top tournament no longer needs to be gained via the Europa League.
United now have 10 days’ rest before European football resumes, with the second-leg of our last 16 clash against LASK next up at Old Trafford on 5 August, before a potential mini-tournament in Germany.
And the Swede believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side should be wanting to lift the trophy in Cologne at the end of next month.
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“When you play for this club, you should always play in the Champions League as a minimum,” Lindelof told us after the final whistle in the East Midlands.
“Now we’re back and it’s time for us to start winning trophies as well because we have to do that. We have one trophy left to win this season and that should always be the mentality, to win trophies.
“Our goal was to be back in the Champions League and now we have another one: to win the Europa League.”
If United, as expected, make it through the LASK tie, we’ll play newly crowned Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir or Danish side Copenhagen, in the quarter-final in Cologne.
Solskjaer and his men will hope that’s the first of three matches we'll face in the German city, with some of the pressure of expectation going into the latter stages of the competition now lifted after Sunday’s result at the King Power.
“It’s a trophy to win and this club should always be aiming for trophies,” Lindelof added.
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“It’s a great opportunity for us and to secure the Champions League spot today, it makes the players a little bit more calm.
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“We go to Germany - after the game against LASK at home - and if we win, we can travel to Germany and I’m really looking forward to it.”